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Zika Virus: CDC Recommendations for Women Who are Trying to Conceive

 

MosquitoAt Carolinas Fertility Institute (CFI), we encourage you to “err on the side of caution” with regard to the Zika virus. Even though you live here in North Carolina, you are not without risk of contracting the Zika virus. Unfortunately, the virus is spreading to the northern hemisphere.

Fortunately, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries the virus, has not spread to our state and in fact, as of June 22, 2016, there have been no locally transmitted cases of Zika infection in the United States. The cases we have had, including here in North Carolina, have all been travel related. This sounds encouraging but… never say never.

Of course it is unknown how serious the threat of Zika may become. For you, the most effective action is to avoid any travel to areas where the infection is active. This currently includes every country south of the United States except Chile and Uruguay. This is critical if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy because of the well-known danger of the birth defect, microcephaly.

Even if you are not pregnant, becoming infected can cause the development of Guillain-Barre syndrome in both sexes, which can have severe effects on the central nervous system. In addition, it is known that the virus can be spread by an infected man through sexual contact.

For more precautionary information, you may contact us at 336.448.9100 or visit our Website.

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CFI has experienced very high success due to a combination of professional talent and the latest technology.  We have been delighting patients since opening in March 2015, specializing in highly personalized and affordable treatment, resulting in many first-cycle pregnancies.

Carolinas Fertility Institute specializes in customized, compassionate care at affordable prices.  We have offices Winston-Salem, Greensboro and a new location opening in Charlotte this summer. The practice specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of infertility using the most advanced technologies in a comforting, supportive environment to give patients the personal care they deserve.

The practice accepts most insurance plans and offers a range of options for self-paying patients, including IVF, Donor egg IVF, and Fertility Preservation. You can get additional information about Carolinas Fertility Institute and our services by calling 336 448 9100 or visiting www.CarolinasFertilityInstitute.com.